This cabbage soup recipe for the slow cooker is filled with generous amounts of corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes simmered in a flavorful beef stock. It makes a delightful meal to come home to.
Corned beef gets its name from the corn-sized pellets of salt used to cure the meat. This method preserved the meat before refrigeration was available. Today, a salt water method called brining cures the meat.
When shopping for your uncooked corned beef brisket, you'll often find it packaged in salt brine with spices. As with other cuts of meat, check the date on the packaging and use it by the date shown.
Cabbage is one of our oldest vegetables. In fact, we've been growing it for over 4,000 years.
Plus, cabbage is one of our most nutritious vegetables. For starters, it's packed with vitamins C and K. And it's good for your heart, your eyes, and your skin. The nutrients in cabbage even boost brain health, fight aging, and protect against cancer.
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds corned beef, raw, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 bottle beer (12 ounces)
3 medium potatoes - scrubbed, unpeeled and sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
2 medium onions - peeled, sliced into 1/4-inch thick half circles
1 medium head green cabbage
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 bay leaf
1/3 teaspoon ground thyme
3 cups beef stock, homemade preferred (beef stock recipe)
1 cup water
Few sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves for garnish
1. Cut into cubes: Rinse the slab of corned beef, then place on a cutting board to trim the excess fat. Cut into one-inch cubes.
2. Brown: Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When oil glistens, add a single layer of meat spaced about an inch apart. Brown corned beef on all sides then add to a large slow cooker. Work in batches until all meat is browned.
3. Deglaze: Reduce heat to low and add beer. Using a wooden spoon, scrape loose any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Heat for 2-3 minutes to allow some of the alcohol to evaporate. Pour mixture into slow cooker.
4. Add: Add potato rounds, sliced carrots, half-circle onion slices, chopped cabbage, and minced garlic. Before you chop the cabbage: remove outer layers, rinse, and remove core.
5. Add: Add bay leaf, ground thyme, beef stock, and water. Stir to combine.
6. Cook: Lid on, set slow cooker on LOW for 8-10 hours or on HIGH for 4-6 hours.
7. Slow cookers vary. But you’ll know your soup is ready when the pieces of corned beef are tender and can be easily broken apart with a fork.
8. Remove bay leaf and discard.
9. Taste: Taste and season with freshly ground black pepper, if desired.
10. Garnish: Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with fresh thyme leaves.
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